Monthly Aircraft Movements: Small airports - Airports without NAV CANADA Towers or Flight Service Stations, September 2017

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Release date: January 15, 2018


Take-offs and landings at 128 Canadian airports without air traffic control towers reached a total of 62,456 movements in September. Ten airports accounted for 38% of the month’s activity: Peterborough, Ontario (6,069 movements), Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador (2,630), Barrie-Orillia-Lake Simcoe Regional, Ontario (2,167), Drummondville, Quebec (2,097), Trois-Rivières, Quebec (1,982), Red Lake, Ontario (1,904), Collingwood, Ontario (1,890), Muskoka, Ontario (1,769), Comox, British Columbia (1,605) and Pickle Lake, Ontario (1,560).

Total aircraft movements for the 122 airports for which year-over-year comparisons were possible increased 4.9%, from 59,018 to 61,901 in September 2017, as 71 airports reported more movements. The largest increases were recorded at the following airports: Drummondville (+1,344 movements), St. Theresa Point, Manitoba (+529) and Barrie-Orillia-Lake Simcoe Regional (+438). Among those airports with decreases, the largest declines were reported at Peterborough (-776) and Tillsonburg, Ontario (-734).

In September 2017, 109 airports reported 45,738 itinerant movements (flights from one airport to another), with Goose Bay (2,630 movements) and Red Lake (1,830) recording the largest numbers.

Forty-nine airports reported 14,447 local movements (flights that remain in the vicinity of the airport). Peterborough remained the most active site with 5,169 take-offs and landings, representing 36% of the total local movements reported.

Factors which may have influenced the data

  1. Aggregate data only are available for the following 19 airports reported by Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation:

    • Berens River
    • Bloodvein River
    • Brochet
    • Cross Lake
    • God’s Lake Narrows
    • God’s River
    • Ilford
    • Lac Brochet
    • Little Grand Rapids
    • Oxford House
    • Pikwitonei
    • Poplar River
    • Pukatawagan
    • Red Sucker Lake
    • Shamattawa
    • South Indian Lake
    • Tadoule Lake
    • Thicket Portage
    • York Landing

  2. Aggregate data only are available for the following 12 airports reported by the Kativik Regional Government in Quebec:

    • Akulivik
    • Aupaluk
    • Inukjuak
    • Ivujivik
    • Kangiqsualujjuaq
    • Kangiqsujuaq
    • Kangirsuk
    • Puvirnituq
    • Quaqtaq
    • Salluit
    • Tasiujaq
    • Umiujaq

  3. Aggregate data only are available for Tillsonburg, Ontario.

  4. When comparing monthly data for current year versus previous year, please note that:

    • a) Data for the following airports were included in the report for September 2016 but were not available at the time of the release of this report.
    • Elliot Lake Municipal, Ontario
    • Matagami, Quebec
    • Sanikiluaq, Nunavut
    • Waskaganish, Quebec

    • b) Data for the following airports were included in September 2017 but not in September 2016.
    • Grise Fiord, Nunavut
    • Kangirsuk, Quebec
    • Lutselk’e, Northwest Territories
    • Pikwitonei, Manitoba
    • Quaqtaq, Quebec
    • Tasiujaq, Quebec
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